Oregon Transportation Commission will review ODOT's application for interstate tolling

Proposed tolling on I-5 and I-205. KATU image

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Transportation Commission will review the application the Oregon Department of Transportation is about to send to the federal government about tolling in the Portland area Thursday.

ODOT must submit the application by the end of the year.

As it stands, tolling would begin on Interstate 5 where it meets North Alberta Street. It would then extend south to Southwest Multnomah Boulevard.

On Interstate 205, tolls would be issued near the Abernathy Bridge. The value-priced tolling is all about addressing congestion. It’s designed to be more expensive during the morning and evening commutes and less expensive during off-peak times.

However, the commission won’t discuss specifics, or even throw out a ballpark number, on how much drivers would pay.

The public is very concerned about paying more and others are worried about drivers flooding side streets to avoid the interstate.

Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler calls it a “scheme.”

The commission will review the application around 1:30 p.m. at its meeting in Salem.

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